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Moon Vs. Sun pairs married music vets for emotionally raw album, film

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2021

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Chantal Kreviazuk and Our Lady Peace's Raine Maida have made occasional music together since they married back in 1999. But they've always wanted to do a full-scale album together.

Now they've done that -- and more.

"I'm Going to Break Your Heart" is the debut album by Moon Vs. Sun, the nom de tunes the couple is working under. It's also the title of a documentary about the making of the album, an emotionally revealing and raw depiction of a relationship's good, bad and ugly -- including therapy sessions and creative arguments that became more about the task at hand.

Now that it's out, however, both say they wouldn't have it any other way.

"We felt it was important to film it," Kreviazuk, 46, explains, "because when you have a crew booked and you're accountable to people and sticking to a schedule and stuff, you can't just quit, you know? We're busy people -- family first, but also lives and career and touring, a bit of ships passing in the night. There are so many forces working against us actually hunkering down together.

"We felt it was important for us to isolate and having nothing but...the work. And it worked. It was the right thing to do."

Maida, 51 -- who met Kreviazuk at a Pearl Jam concert during 1996 --acknowledges that, "I thought it was worthwhile to document; You only get to make your first album once, right? There was so much pressure we put on ourselves; We're going to this place...We have to come back with an album. It was hyper-focused on, 'Let's try to have this outpouring of creative energy, and maybe we can sort it out later...' I can't say I've ever worked like that before."

To make "I'm Going to Break Your Heart," the two native Canadians left their three sons (now 17, 15 and 12) at home in California and traveled with their film crew to the remote and quaint French island of Saint Pierre et Miquelon -- in the dead of winter. In one of the area's two hotels the couple set up shop to write songs, and the movie depicts the creative process as well as sojourns around town, to the beach and a live performance at a local restaurant.

"The island was, like, the villain, literally," says Maida, who's been recording with Our Lady Peace since the early 90s and five solo releases. "The weather was crazy cold. There was a wind that went through the hotel (walls) every night, just like 'The Shining.' It never stopped."

The environment, as well as the cameras, had a different effect on each of them. "I felt when the camera was on, Raine was more of a dude -- more self-conscious or self-aware, tougher than normal -- and there's definitely a change in me as well, maybe more dramatic," says Kreviazuk, who's released eight albums of her own and has written songs for a number of other artists as well as for movies and television shows. "But then he surprised me and said 'I can change' and came up with that song from this sad little thing I was playing and just flipped everything on its head."

Both, meanwhile, are at peace with revealing some of the turbulence in their relationship, confident in a continuing commitment to each other that supersedes any of the negatives.

"We're very much in love," Kreviazuk says. "We're just very happy together as a couple. When we have problems, we address them. But we're still madly in love and enjoy one another, take comfort in one another and have this really kind of lovely romance, which I think is rare."

Maida adds that, "It is what it is -- I think it's pretty normal. There's no crazy...no one throwing a chair, no one gets thrown out of the balcony. I don't think we ever swear at each other. People get to be a fly on the wall of a relationship here, and it's really just a moment in time. It's not like we live in that kind of state 24 hours a day, every week of our lives."

As "I'm Going to Break Your Heart" -- which was recorded back in California -- makes its way into the world, Kreviazuk and Maida are looking forward to doing more together. Both are continuing their other musical pursuits -- Our Lady Peace has finished a new album Maida says will be released later this year -- but they view Moon vs. Sun as a going concern "for the duration," according to Kreviazuk.

"That's why it's bene OK it's been slow and really organic, really true to itself from the very beginning," she says. "We're taking our time and really finding out, 'What is this project? What is this sound?' We're being authentic to that calling, feeling like we're just a vessel for something really quite meaningful."

The couple has, in fact, started writing more songs again, and Maida calls "I'm Going to Break Your Heart" "the tip of the iceberg. We kind of know the parameters now -- where we sing together well and what kind of chord progressions work, what we want to do musically. We’re onto something great, I think. This isn't a one-off."

Moon Vs. Sun, plays an album release show for its debut, "I'm Going to Break Your Heart" at 9 p.m. from Los Angeles. Tickets via moonvssun.veeps.com. The movie of the same name is currently available via digital and On Demand platforms.

Web Site: www.moonvssun.veeps.com

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